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[RC] Fw: ALERT USDA and APHIS NOW!!!==John Conyers HR 504 bill is already to committee!!! - Beccy FABISZAK

Subject: ALERT USDA and APHIS NOW!!!==John Conyers HR 504 bill is already to committee!!!

This bill will allow the government to control ALL transportation of horses, including our personal transportation of our very own horses. This bill will only create more problems in regards to horses being abandoned, starved to death as people have no means of humanely putting them down when the animal is not adoptable. People are losing their jobs and homes in this economy and unfortunately, horses are innocent victims of the economic down turn. Beccy

Subject: FW: ALERT USDA and APHIS NOW!!!==John Conyers HR 504 bill is already to committee!!!


American Horse Council Asks for Members to Call About Conyers/Burton and They'll Explain the Act to Them 
Attention everyone:  Please contact your congressman by phone or e-mail to NOT SUPPORT THE HR 504 BILL 
Watch www.unitedhorsemensfront.com to contact your congressman 
Darold Holden  dl-holden@xxxxxxxxxxx 
WASHINGTON DC, (AHC) On January 14, 2008 Representative John Conyers (D-MI) re-introduced the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (H.R.504). The bill, which has sixty cosponsors, was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Conyers is chairman of that committee.

This bill would criminalize the possession, transport, sale, delivery, or receiving in interstate or foreign commerce of a horse or horse meat with the intent that it be used for human consumption. It would thus apply to the transport and sale of horses for slaughter in the U.S. or to a foreign country.
Penalties would include fines and/or one year imprisonment for a first offense or one involving five or fewer horses. Offenses involving more than five horses or repeat offenders would face increased fines and/or up to three years imprisonment.
The bill introduced in the last Congress required that the "Attorney General shall provide for the humane placement or other humane disposition of any horse seized in connection with an offense under this section." However, the bill introduced this year no longer contains this requirement and makes no provisions for seized horses.
The bill amends Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code, which deals with animal cruelty prohibitions.
If you have any questions about this bill, please call the AHC. The American Horse Council 1616 H Street N.W. 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 ( 202)296-4031 (202)296-1970 fax.